Wicked musical film: Jeff Goldblum considers the role of Wizard

He already knows a thing or two about running the show as a villainous dictator. But at least Jeff Goldblum did not have to sing while presiding as Grand Master over the bread of gladiators and the circuses of Sakaar in Thor: Ragnarok. Now the versatile king of deadpan comedy would be warming up his pipes for a role away from Marvel and jurassic park worlds it’s firmly in the land of music fancydisguising himself as a wizard – as in, the mighty Wizard of Oz — in Universal Images’ next pair of Nasty movies.

Variety reports that Goldblum “is in final talks” for the role of the man behind the curtain in the two films Nasty adaptation driven by boobies rich asian director Jon M Chu. The films themselves represent an expanded retelling of the iconic 2003 Broadway musical of the same name, itself based on author Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wizard Could Have Been A Shrinking Little String Puller In MGM’s Extravagant 1939 Oscar-winning feature film (which is based, of course, on the 1900 children’s book by author L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz). But as a prequel, Nasty gives her a deeper backstory, merging her despotic fate with that of her daughter Elphaba (the eventual Wicked Witch of the West) and her ex-friend and roommate Galinda, who becomes the familiar Glinda the Good Witch of the West. ancient, canonical ounces stories.

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Chu’s Nasty adaptation already has its music tracks, with mega music star Ariana Grande as Galinda and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba. Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton) would star as Prince Fiyero, Elphaba’s love interest, with Goldblum’s wizard holding court at the Emerald City with an iron fist… and presumably croon a magic number or two.

Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth played Elphaba and Galinda respectively in the Nasty Broadway musical, which Universal spent the better part of 20 years trying to develop as a feature film. Chu teased a sprawling show when Nasty was revealed as a two-film double feature earlier this year: “[W]We decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas and not just make one Nasty movie, but TWO!!!! With more space, we can tell the story of Nasty as it was meant to be told while bringing even more depth and surprise to the journeys of these beloved characters.

Scheduled to pass on a broom on consecutive Christmases, the first Nasty The film is set to premiere on December 25, 2024, followed a year later by the second and final film.

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